Indian flyers holding any kind of valid visa under the ‘c can travel to the UK, the US, Canada, and UAE said the Director-General of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India. “air bubble agreement any Indian holding any kind of valid visa can travel to Canada, UK, US, and UAE,” said DGCA India in a statement.

According to the earlier guidelines issued by the European Union, only those holding essential visas were allowed to travel abroad. It must be noted that India has not allowed entry of all types of visa holders into the country except for those holding essential visa approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

In a letter to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), The Ministry of Civil Aviation confirmed that all those who wish to travel to the US, the UK, Canada, and the UAE will be able to do so under the bilateral air bubble agreement and with any kind of visa. These visa categories also include tourist business, student, and Transit Visa as well. 

Recently, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri had confirmed that more air bubbles with other countries are in the pipeline.

Recently, India and Maldives have agreed to create an “air travel bubble” to facilitate the movement of people between the two countries. The Maldives is the first neighboring country with which India has an operationalized air bubble. India already has transport Air Bubbles with US, France, UK & Germany.  Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, International air travel has been hit hard and counties like India have been focusing on the creation of air bubbles for safer travel and before normal air travel resumes.

Meanwhile, The number of novel coronavirus cases rose to 2,64,142 in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday after 9,996 fresh infections were reported across the state in 24 hours. With 82 new deaths, the state’s toll stood at 2,378. Southern states continued reporting high daily virus numbers, with Andhra Pradesh leading with over 9,000 cases on Thursday. Special Chief Secretary (Health) KS Jawahar Reddy attributed the unabated virulence of Covid-19 in East Godavari (EG) district to the “high density of population.” “The district has a population of 55 lakh. It’s like a big urban area. Villages are also like towns. That’s what we can think of,” Jawahar Reddy replied when asked about the massive surge of cases particularly in the last two to three weeks.